This biography of the man who took a mediocre comic book company, previously known as Timely, and transformed it into the multi-media empire that is Marvel is a fun, bouncy and entertaining, yet honest portrait of one of recent pop cultural history’s most fascinating, sometimes contradictory, occasionally controversial and always surprising figures. Rather than the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee"
With Blair Murphy on a ‘secret mission’ (of a literary nature, possibly leading to something big–and yes, that is all that Our Glorious Leader would tell any of us), I was in charge of the weekly coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel. I was ably assisted by Synthia (in a black promotional t-shirt dating back […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 14 September 2019"
First an apology: I fully intended to post this recap of last Thursday’s coffeehouse within 24 hours of the event. Other factors intervened, some writer related (like the June 1st deadline on my bimonthly column for the PennWriter newsletter) or other more general life issues. Anyway……. The first coffeehouse of 2019 was, on the whole, […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 30 May 2019"
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel"
Since my previous update: I’ve made my first fiction sale of the new year, had two more book reviews accepted for a fellow writer’s website and had my regular nonfiction column on market news published in The Penn Writer, the bimonthly newsletter of Pennwriters, Inc. The latter is only available to members of that statewide organization […]Read more "My Latest Writing/Publication News"
I finally received my contributor’s copy of the Fantasy for the Throne anthology on the Saturday before Christmas. It’s been out for a while, but this gives me a reasonable excuse to remind anyone who might be interested in the book. This trade paperback collection features 40 short stories by 40 authors. My contribution, based on […]Read more "MY PUBLICATIONS, NEW AND OTHERWISE"
We had quite a good and varied crowd at last night’s coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. Plenty of regulars, a few past guests we hadn’t seen in a while and a sprinkling of total newcomers. It being the last one before Halloween night, I again donned the creepy Bell Boy costume from last weekend’s […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 25 October 2018"
With the rush of final preparations for Saturday’s Dracula Con extravaganza going great guns, I was again doing most of the hosting for the weekly coffeehouse. The massive and gorgeous white coffin that has been converted into a cooler for soft drinks was up on the bar for all to see. Attendance this time out […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, October 11, 2018"
Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does so many book series, in so many genres (often, as here, blending several genres together) that it’s very hard to keep up with it all. This one is the 2nd book in the Deadman’s Cross cycle. I haven’t seen the previous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death Doesn’t Bargain"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"